Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) joins the American Nurses Association, health care professionals, patients, and families during National Nurses Week, May 6-12, in recognizing the vital role nurses play improving the health outcomes of entire populations. Public health nurses are the first line of defense to prevent illness and injury. The theme of this year’s National Nurses Week is “4 Million Reasons to Celebrate.”
The public health nurses in Oklahoma City and County enhance health by providing services like child screenings, immunizations, maternal and child health services, and integrated care services with other important providers to ensure delivery of a holistic approach to health and wellness. OCCHD has 46 nurses ranging from nurse practitioners to registered nurses.
“We are especially proud of our OCCHD nurses who are among the best in the community and always serve the citizens of Oklahoma City and County with the patient’s best interest in mind.” said OCCHD Executive Director Gary Cox.
So why do Public health nurses do what they do? “I love caring for other people and meeting the needs of others.” said OCCHD Registered Nurse Diane Scott.
Public health nurses lead initiatives to increase access to care and improve outcomes by focusing on primary care, prevention, wellness, chronic disease management, and the coordination of care among health care providers and settings. They are crucial in the planning process on how to expand primary care at community-based clinics in the most efficient ways possible while recognizing the distinct needs of diverse communities.